American drones have killed 27 people in northern Pakistan over the last three days as the unmanned aerial attacks show no signs of slowing down. The latest strike killed 15 people on Monday, after a suspected hideout for militant fighters was hit in North Waziristan. According to the BBC, a missile killed three people at a compound in Hesokhel, before a second missile struck 12 more who arrived on the scene later.
American officials have actually increased the use of unmanned drones even as many Pakistanis are calling for their country to sever ties with the U.S. The NATO supply routes that run through the region to deliver supplies to troops in Afghanistan have been closed since January after an American strike mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Despite that incident — and the renewed focus on President Obama's reliance on this covert air war — that attacks appear to be on the rise of late, with Monday's bombing becoming the seventh drone strike in the last two weeks.
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